UPDATED 7 a.m. | The Bloomington City Council doesn’t like Connect Transit’s planned fare increases, Olive route elimination, and board makeup. But it won’t reject the transit system’s budget as a way to force change.
An online dustup that later spilled over into the Bloomington City Council chambers was a learning experience for everyone, according to a downtown business owner who took exception to a council member's threatened business boycott.
A Bloomington City Council member said Monday he wants to reject Connect Transit’s budget in hopes of saving the Olive route and avoiding fare increases—a move that the transit system’s general manager says could add to the financial pressures that prompted those moves in the first place.
Bloomington aldermen gave little indication Monday whether they are likely to approve a 4-cent per gallon increase in a local gasoline tax during a committee of the whole meeting that included the topic.